Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter

Wellspring is licensed to operate a domestic violence shelter, the type of which is referred to as a safe dwelling. Choosing to enter shelter is a big decision. Wellspring cares. We can help. Call us to find out if our shelter is the right fit for you.

Are you a victim of domestic violence looking for safety for you and your children?

Safety can mean many things to victims of domestic violence but when it’s no longer safe to stay in your own home, then safety may mean staying in a domestic violence shelter. Wellspring operates a safe dwelling with beds for up to 9 people in a confidential location in Saratoga County.

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What is shelter like? Who else will be staying there?

Our shelter is a former private home located in a residential neighborhood with five bedrooms (one handicapped accessible), multiple bathrooms and laundry rooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room and a large enclosed backyard. Families will share a room(s) together. People who are single may share a room with one other single client. 

We provide shelter to victims of domestic violence regardless of age, race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability, victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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How much does it cost to stay in the shelter?

All of Wellspring’s services are free, including shelter. Wellspring provides the food necessary for all residents to prepare three nutritious meals a day and we provide items to meet all resident’s basic living needs during their stay in our shelter.

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I have a pet, what do I do about them?

Through Wellspring’s Safe Pet Partnership, we are able to assist our clients in getting their pets fostered while they are in transition.

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What are my options if your shelter is full?
If our shelter has no space(s) available we can refer you to a domestic violence shelter in another county. If a Saratoga County resident is accepted into a domestic violence shelter in another county, we will assist with transportation to that shelter, if needed. Wellspring will make every effort to ensure that a Saratoga County resident seeking domestic violence shelter is safely housed. There are a few resources available in Saratoga County that may be a sufficient option. We do not use a wait-list system for people seeking shelter. If we are full at the time you try to access our shelter, we suggest calling each day to see if there is space available.

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How long can someone stay in the shelter?

New York State regulations allow for a person to stay in domestic violence shelter for up to 90 days. It is possible to receive extensions if a safe housing option has not been secured. The maximum time allowable is 180 days.

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What are my options for safe and affordable housing after shelter?

Wellspring’s victim advocates will work with people to identify a plan that helps them transition out of shelter into safe and affordable housing. If someone is not able to afford rent without assistance, we can help people in applying for the various subsidized housing options available in Saratoga County, including applying for Wellspring’s New View Housing Program, which is available to people who are homeless due to domestic violence or sexual assault.

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Get help now. Our services are free and confidential and available 24/7 via our hotline. Call now if you need to!